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March 25, 2017
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Downtown Library
100 W 10th Ave.
Eugene, OR 97401
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Writer Laurie Notaro

Saturday, March 25, 2017

A talk by the bestselling writer on her new novel “Crossing the Horizon," based on the true story of three pilots who raced to be the first woman to fly across the Atlantic.

Soar back to the fearless 1920s with #1 New York Times bestselling writer Laurie Notaro. Her new novel “Crossing the Horizon” tells the true but little-known story of three aviatrixes who raced to be the first woman to fly across the Atlantic.

The year is 1927, and Amelia Earhart has not yet made her record-breaking cross-Atlantic flight. Ten thousand feet in the sky, aviatrixes from London to Paris to New York -- fueled by determination and courage -- have their eyes on the century’s biggest prize. Who will follow in Charles Lindbergh’s footsteps and make history?

Three women’s names are splashed daily across the front pages: Elsie Mackay, daughter of an Earl, is the first Englishwoman to get her pilot’s license. Mabel Boll, a glamorous society darling and former cigar girl, is ardent to make the historic flight. Beauty pageant contestant Ruth Elder uses her winnings for flying lessons and becomes the preeminent American girl of the sky.

Inspired by true events and real people, Notaro vividly evokes this exciting time as her determined heroines vie for the record. Through striking photos, meticulous research, and atmospheric prose, Notaro brings Elsie, Mabel, and Ruth to life, pulling us back in time as the pilots collide, struggle, and literally crash in the chase for fame and a place in aviation history.

Laurie Notaro is the New York Times best-selling author of many previous novels and humor memoirs including “The Idiot Girls Action Adventure Club.”